It’s difficult to write about Bonnie Mckee without referencing the neverending stream of hits that she’s penned for other people, but her new single Bombastic is further proof that the California gurl is as good at delivering a sonically pleasing pop belter, as she is at writing them.
With its thundering bass lines, crunching electronics, tongue-in-cheek lyrics and crescendo of a chorus, McKee’s first taster from her upcoming EP of the same name is as raucously entertaining as many of the number ones she’s had a hand in scribing for Katy Perry, and it arrives packaged up in a snappy 80s-styled workout clip that is bursting with personality.
Bombastic – the EP – arrives on iTunes on 30 June. Preorder it here and watch the video below.
UK production duo Disclosure have premiered the lead single from their upcoming second album on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show.
Holding On features the earthy baritone vocals of Californian singer Gregory Porter whose third LP Liquid Spirit picked up the Grammy Award for best jazz vocal album in 2014.
The electronic dance track will be sent to UK iTunes on 17 July and follows the release of the Lawrence brothers’ promotional single Bang That earlier this month. Disclosure’s debut full lengther Settle reached #1 on the UK album chart in 2013 and spawned the top twenty singles Latch, White Noise You & Me and F for You.
Aston Merrygold has premiered the official music video for his debut solo single online.
Get Stupid is a big statement of scorching, funk-fuelled intent, powered by hollering brass horns and swaggering pop hooks that should blast the former singer star on to radars as a real contender for solo chart success in his own right.
Preorder Get Stupid from iTunes now and catch Aston tearing up a shopping mall with his dance moves below.
With a week to go before his latest album Everything Is 4 lands, Jason Derulo has unveiled his new collaboration with Jennifer Lopez.
The official audio for Try Me was posted on the American singer’s YouTube page earlier today, and follows last week’s premiere of his Stevie Wonder and Keith Urban-assisted countdown single Broke.
Set to a mid-tempo calypso beat, the Caribbean-styled love in catches Derulo inviting J Lo to “try” him in the morning, afternoon and evening whilst the patient Waiting For Tonight performer sweetly responds by essentially saying “not yet, but it is definitely going to happen” – but not quite in those words.
Everything Is 4 is available to preorder from iTunes now ahead of its 2 June release (29 May in NZ), and also features the previous promotional tracks Get Ugly and Cheyenne, as well as the LP’s lead single Want To Want Me which has already reached the top five of New Zealand and Australia’s singles charts, and this week climbed to #6 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Tori Kelly has premiered the official lyric video for her next single Should’ve Been Us, and it’s got ‘HIT’ written all over it.
Taken from the California pop star’s upcoming Max Martin-produced, debut studio album Unbreakable Smile, the superb torch song sees the 22 year old future star reflecting upon and questioning the demise of a relationship.
“It should’ve been us, shoulda been a fire, shoulda been the perfect storm,” she emotionally belts out on what is arguably one of the most expertly-crafted and deliciously executed, female-fronted pop choruses of the year – a chorus that ends with Tori singing “We were crazy but amazing. Baby, we both know – it should’ve been us…” before unravelling a series of body-moving uh-oh-uh-uh-uhs.
It’s the small details that matter when it comes to crafting a pop star with huge potential, and so the lyric video even tells a little story too, tracing some stiletto-sporting feet on their way to an apartment, where they start dancing with some other feet, sporting some brogues or other male-orientated footwear. By the end of the video, the shoes are off and the bare feet disappear off camera…
Should’ve Been Us will be sent to US radio on 2 June, and follows the release of the album’s lead single Nobody Love – already a #5 hit in New Zealand. Meanwhile Unbreakable Smile will be released via Capitol Records on 23 June.
Watch the new lyric video below.
Prides are set to launch their debut studio album The Way Back Up on 10 July, and the Scottish band will rerelease their 2014 single Messiah as its lead cut on 5 July.
This paves the way then for a brand new video from the Glaswegian trio, whose high profile live slot during the closing ceremony for last year’s Commonwealth Games in their home city catapulted them in to the international arena.
The newly premiered clip for the electrifying number tracks a young woman bursting into spontaneous choreography as she makes her way through a city’s streets after an encounter with lead singer Stewart Brock, and passing on the uncontrollable urge to dance to anyone she makes contact with on her route. An all-out street rally ensues, which is interspersed with clips of the band performing their equally as infectious, stadium-ready rock number, beneath electric blue lights.
Preorder The Way Back Up from iTunes to receive Messiah and previous singles Higher Love, Out of the Blue and I Should Know You Better as instant downloads. Or preorder it from Prides’ online store to get your hands on signed CDs and to receive exclusive access to tickets to their album launch party in London on 16 July.
It’s been six years since Rob Thomas’ second solo album Cradlesong came out, and three since his band Matchbox Twenty released their fourth studio set North, having previously been on a five year hiatus.
Now though the frontman of the popular Anerican rock outfit is gearing up for the launch of his third solo LP The Great Unknown, and earlier today Thomas premiered the record’s lead single Trust You via Entertainment Weekly.
Co-written by OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder and due to be released later this week, Trust You is the kind of radio-friendly pop rock anthem that perfectly suits the singer-songwriter and his fanbase, and it wouldn’t look out of place on a Maroon 5 album with its infectious chorus built around a series of hollering “woo-hoo“-ing hooks.
Thomas’ debut studio album …Something To Be topped the Billboard 200 upon its release in 2005 and reached number #11 in the UK. It spawned the singles Lonely No More and This Is How A Heart Breaks, capitalising on the international turn-of-the-century success of his Santana collaboration Smooth.
Download Trust You from iTunes here and watch the video for This Is How A Heart Breaks below.
Tove Styrke has shared the official audio for her latest single Number One on VEVO.
The summery, synth-soaked electro pop song was written by the Swedish pop star with Carl Wikström Ask and Janne Kask. It was released to iTunes on May 12th and serves as the second cut from Styrke’s upcoming album Kiddo, following the release of Ego earlier this year.
Kiddo will be released in New Zealand on 19 June and also features Styrke’s previous EP cuts Borderline, Samurai Boy, Brag and Even If I’m Loud, It Doesn’t Mean I’m Talking To You – all of which are available as instant downloads when you preorder your copy via iTunes.
Good Guys is the latest countdown single to be lifted from MIKA’s upcoming fourth studio album No Place In Heaven and earlier today the British singer shared the song’s official music video online.
The clip sees him performing alongside a drama group who construct his movement, and subsequently lead him through the choreography via a series of different set pieces. Meanwhile, the emotional track, which follows the release of the Grace Kelly chart-topper’s recent offerings Talk About You and Last Party, recalls golden age heroes and evokes the spirit of dreaming big.
Mika recently performed a medley of Good Guys and his 2007 UK top ten hit Happy Ending during the latest season finale of X Factor Italia, before releasing the track to raise money for children’s charity UNICEF. Watch the performance below.
Preorder No Place In Heaven now ahead of its 12 June NZ release (15 June in the UK), and you’ll receive all three songs as instant downloads
Nineteen years after it was first released, Ginuwine’s 1996 chart debut Pony looks set for a 21st century renaissance thanks to this uplifting new house reworking from fast-rising UK production duo Tough Love.
The London-based pair first recorded Pony (Jump On It) as a bootleg but it’s been reworked for an official release date of 7 August, as the follow up to So Freakin’ Tight which reached #11 on the UK Top 40 in March.
Their decision to choose this particular track to capitalise on their breakthrough success not only shows that Alex and Stef are big fans of the 90s R&B scene; it also references a well connected link with the origins of their chart debut.
So Freakin’ Tight sampled Jodeci’s single Freek’n You, the first taste of the American R&B group’s 1995 album The Show, The After Party, The Hotel. It was later remixed using the stop-start beat from Pony which, upon its release in 1996, coincided with the mainstream breakthrough success of its producer Timbaland – who until that time had been flexing his production muscles with Jodeci.
Tough Love’s energised club reworking will undoubtedly bring a whole new generation up to speed with the original, which peaked at #16 in the UK in 1996, and reached the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100. It also deserves to further progress their own upwards trajectory after a successful start to the year and a stream of remixes for Clean Bandit, LeYouth and Meghan Trainor in 2014.
Listen to Pony (Jump On It) below and preorder the single now from iTunes.